My latest creation is my favorite creation so far! It all began with falling in love with the fabric while walking through Joann Fabrics:
I just HAD to have some of this fabric to make into a great dress as it reminded me of the couture embroidered designs of current collections as Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta or Dolce & Gabana:
Or dresses from the past such as these from Christian Dior:
Of course, the Joann fabric is nowhere NEAR the detailed hand embroidered and embellished fabrics from these designers, but it has the look of the fabric in essence.
I started to imagine what I was going to create from this fabric with this classic pattern from Vogue choosing view C, the strapless dress with a full midi-length skirt:
From there, I cut out the bodice pattern pieces and giant skirt pieces from the embroidered fabric, the red underlining and another layer of lining in black Bemberg rayon, all purchased from Joann Fabrics.
Constructing the dress was really not all that difficult. The only part that I took extra time and attention to do was to cut out and around some of the floral motifs of the bodice in order to later overlay the motif back over the seam once the seam was sewn. I only did this for a couple of spots on the front of the bodice as I felt that it would look much better on the finished dress instead of just cutting through a large flower. I realize that this may sound confusing, but if you saw the dress up close, you’d see what I mean.
In this photo, you can somewhat see how the flower motifs get cut off and trapped into the seam, so I did my best to cut around the large ones on the center front panel of the bodice and leave them “free” as I sewed the seam, then sewed them back down and over the seam with tiny hand stiches later:
Boning came next. I followed the pattern instructions and sewed boning only into the side seams of the bodice. I thought this might not be enough support for the dress and skirt, but I just stuck to it knowing that I also planned to add a waist stay inside the dress to help hold it up and in place.
My fiancé Tom was sweet enough to help me do the final fittings of the dress and help me hem it too. He says he loves to help, I think it makes him feel like he is part of the creative process. How cute is that?!
Gidget wants to participate too by sitting on my dress right before I sit on the couch to do some hand sewing. Also quite cute:
The inside of this dress came out pretty nicely too, with the smooth and shiny black lining, it slipped on with ease!
I was so excited about my latest creation that I just had to get some photos of it as soon as it was complete so that I could share it with the world! (Or at least, my little world!)
Now, I’m off to tidy up my sewing room and get started on the next project. Ciao for now!
7 thoughts on “Lady in Red”
Sublime dress, you look fabulous in it!
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun planning and making this dress, and a great time wearing it too!
That is absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you so much!
I saw your post on the corsets you made with Jason. I’d like to talk you about making one for Halloween. I’d of course not like to wait. Are you busy? Could you get ahold of me?
You did such a fabulous job! I am about to make this dress too!
Would you say the boning is 100% necessary for this dress?… I’m using sturdy linen fabric and I’m adding tie-up straps.
Hi Sophie! Thank you so much!
I’d say the boning isn’t needed, but it does give a nice structure and support to the bodice. If you are adding straps, then the boning isn’t essential, but it would still help hold up the dress. Either way, good luck with the making of your dress & have fun wearing it!